The responsibilities for personal tutoring are shared between you and your tutees. You have a responsibility not only to invite students to see you, or to support skills development, but also to ensure that they recognise some benefit from these meetings. You are supporting their transition into and through higher education, you are providing them with insights into research and academic learning and helping prepare them for life beyond the degree course they are on. Students have a responsibility to prepare for meetings, participate and do any necessary follow-up actions. This reciprocal arrangement is essential for the personal tutoring system to work and for students to achieve their academic potential.
In order to make this system work, personal tutors need to:
- Listen and question tutees, to learn about them and encourage exploration and critical engagement with their studies;
- Signpost and refer to relevant services within and outside the University;
- Help tutees develop their study practices, and identify areas for improvement;
- Work with tutees’ assignment feedback, helping operationalise it into actionable goals;
- Explore future options and strategies to prepare them for their future goals and;
- Write references for their tutees.